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Study at Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University, popularly referred to as FPU, was established in 1944 as the Pacific Bible Institute. It became the Pacific College in 1964, the Fresno Pacific College in 1976, and was christened Fresno Pacific University in 1997. Founded by the Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, FPU sits on a 40-acre campus in Fresno, California. Apart from the main campus, classes are also offered in the Bakersfield Center, the North Fresno Center, and the Visalia Center. Fresno Pacific University offers a large number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as online degrees and courses. Specific courses on the English language and professional development are also available. FPU has under it the following academic divisions:
  • The School of Business
  • The School of Education
  • The School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences
  • The School of Natural Sciences
Students of Fresno Pacific University participate in sports including swimming, tennis, basketball, baseball, volleyball, cross country, soccer, track and field, and water polo. The teams are nicknamed the Sunbirds, and they are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Profile of Fresno Pacific UniversityFresno Pacific is found in Fresno, California. Fresno is a large city. Applicants to the school are attracted by its Mennonite Brethren Church identity. Fresno Pacific is a private, not-for-profit institution. Students can earn degrees up to and including the Master's degree at the school.

Course Topics

The range of program offerings available from Fresno Pacific is especially impressive compared to its number of students. The school is known for its programs in business and management and education and teaching.

Fresno Pacific Selectivity

Admission to Fresno Pacific is not automatic; not everyone who applies gets in. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 420. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 440 and 580. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.

Student Enrolment

Students numbered 2, 391 in 2007 at the school. A large number of students at Fresno Pacific are 40 years old or older.

Student Life
The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Fresno Pacific values student athletics, and belongs to the Golden State Athletic Conference. The school offers athletic financial aid to more of its students than do most colleges.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Fresno Pacific University develops students for leadership and service through excellence in Christian higher education. "

Fresno Pacific Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching223elementary school teaching, math teaching, school Counselling, educational administration, special ed, social science teaching, English teaching, curriculum and instruction, . . .
Business and Management169organizational behavior, business management, business and related services, human resources, accounting, marketing, business administration, non-profit management, . . .
Liberal Arts36history, minority and gender studies, political science, interdisciplinary studies, English, Spanish language, sociology, social services, . . .
Therapy and Counselling22psychology, physical therapy, psychology courses
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy19athletic trainer, exercise science, health and physical education, sports and fitness management
Religion and Philosophy15bible studies, philosophy, theology and religious vocations
Science14biological and biomedical sciences, biology, chemistry
Family and Social Work10social work
Media5communication studies, media studies
Art Studies3art studies
Mathematics3applied mathematics
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental studies, environmental science
Computer Science and Engineering0computer science
Photography and Commercial Art0film studies
Drama and Performing Arts0various performing arts
Contact: Fresno PacificFresno Pacific University

1717 S Chestnut Ave

Fresno, California 93702-4709

General Phone: (559) 453-2000


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